The skatepark was recently upgraded as part of the redevelopment of Newlands Park, which includes new exercise tracks, native planting, natural play spaces and covered picnic and barbecue area.
It also features an older play area with tower, climbing, large swings, and slides, a basketball half court and pump track, artificial turf for games, wetland area and small teaching space, as well as the relocation of Newlands War Memorial into Newlands Park.
Planting around the park will include regenerative plants and trees such as harakeke, tī kōuka, nīkau, rata, kahikatea and totara.
There are strong ecological and educational themes at Pukehuia with the development of a wetland nature trail and the installation of interpretive panels designed by Bigfish Creative to inform visitors about the park design, recreational activities, planting, and heritage of the area.
This redevelopment project has been guided by the local community, including representatives from Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi (local marae), Newlands Residents Association, the skate community and neighbouring Newlands and Bellevue schools.